Health Benefits of Green Tea
Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Substances in green tea known as catechins have been proven to be effective against many serious diseases.
In experiments with rats green tea catechin restricts the excessive buildup of blood cholesterol.
In Japan, where tea is drank several times a day cancer mortality statistics on Japanese people indicate that the death rate from cancer is significantly lower, for both men and women. Only 254 mg. of catechin begin to show effective results in the bloodstream. One cup of green tea contains 100 to 150 mg of catechin. In 1998, Chinese scientists presented details of a six-month study suggesting that drinking green tea improved
pre-cancerous oral lesions in patients.
A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that consumption of green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. Dutch researchers found that women drinking more than 5 cups daily had a lower risk of severe arteriosclerosis.
In April 1999, researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland published a study claiming that drinking four or more cups of green tea a day may prevent rheumatoid arthritis amongst sufferers.
Green tea can help control diabetes. Experiments show that an extract of green tea to mice had the ability to lower blood sugar.
Japanese researchers have determined that catechin inactivates the influenza virus. Gargling with green tea is very effective in preventing influenza.
Doctors at the Aichi Cancer Institute have verified the fact that green tea catechin can inhibit the activity of the AIDS virus.
Green tea catechin suppresses the process of plaque formationand destroys the bacteria that forms plaque. Studies showed a reduction in cavities among grade school children who drank green tea after lunch. Green tea also kills the bacteria which causes bad breath.
Green tea has been demonstrated to kill seven strains of food poisoning bacteria including staphylococcus, clostridium and botulus. It is a good treatment for diarrhea.
Green tea can reduce and prevent high blood pressure by preventing angiotensin II, a substance in the blood, which causes constriction of the blood vessels causing high blood pressure.
By stimulating fat metabolism studies suggest that green tea extract may be useful for improving endurance capacity.”
The best way to get the disease-fighting nutrients in tea is to drink it freshly brewed after allowing it to steep for three to five minutes. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to- drink, and instant teas have less of the healthful compounds.
Researchers caution that tea can’t be seen as a cure, but it could be viewed as a vitamin for the immune system.